Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Review - Shades of Twilight

From GoodReads:

Melissa has waited her whole life to move out and start her own. This is her first summer after graduating and now she has her own place and a job. Everything she wanted is starting to happen.

Until the accident.

After almost drowning, the most gorgeous guy she has ever seen not only saves her life, but forever changes it. What do you do when you find out that life as you have always known it isn’t real, and the man you love is a vampire, out to save you from something worse?

Also here's a short snippet:

"Thanks, it's just something I threw on." I smiled at him as I climbed into the car, and yet the fact that he said something sent a thrill of pleasure through me. I couldn't help but wonder what was going on. Normally, I don't react this way to men. After all, these things never work out. I meet a nice guy who turns out to be a jerk, or they turn out to be okay, but then decide they're not interested in me. Typical Melissa date. I got used to expecting failure even before we would go out. After all, if I had no real expectations, how could I be disappointed when things didn't work out?

With Mike, things were different. I found myself wanting to have expectations. Hopes and fantasies played at the edge of my mind as he tried to make small talk with me. I just found myself wanting to get lost in his voice. The world passed by outside my window but all I really could do was listen, enraptured by everything this man I had just met said. Every time I answered a question, I wasn't sure what I had said, as my intent was to keep him talking so that I could just bask in the sound of that husky, silky voice.

"So, I hope you don't mind." he said, and I realized that I had missed everything he had just said even while I had sat there listening to every word he spoke. "Well. Do you?"

I smiled and swallowed before answering. "I'm sorry," I put my hand to my forehead. "I wasn't feeling right just then. Could you repeat that?" I smiled sheepishly.

He smiled that disarming smile at me, the one that made my stomach do flip-flops and just nodded as if he understood, then repeated himself as if it wasn't a problem.

"I said, I hope you love authentic French cuisine?"


My review:

This is the first time I have read this author. And I picked an interesting story of his to start with. I liked the premise of the story and was interested to see how he would go about a vampire romance tale.

It was a fairly quick read and easy to follow. Although at times it was a little awkward reading the dialogue and the story progression. The main character can be likable but annoying at the same time. You do eventually realize why she is acting that way, but a bit more character description and explanation in the beginning would have helped the issue.

He has created a vampire world that you do not fully get introduced to in this first novel. But leaves plenty for you to learn in following stories. So far though its a great mix of classic myths and modern changes. I like how hes vampires are not comfortable with modern technology if they were turned in an earlier time period.

I want to know more about Mike and how he became a vampire and his uncle and what the history is there. I also want to know more about the best friend Debbie. She seems to have some interesting abilities. And I think Melissa wont be so bad in future novels as she is no longer so affected by the vampires abilities. Or learns more about them and how they affect people.

Regardless its a interesting start to a series. And I would definitely read the next in the series or try something else from this author.


  1. I want to thank you for having me here today, as well as your kind review.

    Thank you

  2. Thank you for reviewing Shades of Twilight and helping to promote Martin on his book tour.